Turn-of-the-Century Store-Model Bat Collection (11) - Various Brands

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1504

Item Year: 1900

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of eleven turn-of-the-century store-model bats. A number of different brands are included here, while four of the bats displays no manufacturer's stampings or labels. All of the bats display moderate-to-heavy use, with five having cracks (three in the handle and two in the barrel). 1) J. F. Hillerich & Sons Co. "Junior League No. 4" model bat. 31.5 inches. Handle crack. 2) J. F. Hillerich & Sons Co. bat. Interestingly, the center-brand stamping has been applied upside down. Sixteen small nails on the barrel in repair of dead wood and a large seven-inch section of missing wood on the back of the barrel. 35 inches. 3) D&M "No. 10" bat. D&M logo appears in the center, with the model listed below. Handle crack. 33 inches. 4) D&M "No. 1" bat. D&M logo appears in the center, with the model listed below. 24 inches (possibly a salesman's sample). 5) Mohawk 101. The center-brand stamping features an illustration of an Indian chief and is lettered "Mohawk 101." Cracked handle, with a number of nails and other metal pieces hammered into the wood. Bulbous knob, similar to a "mushroom" bat. 30 inches 6) League. The center-brand label features a shield design with a star in the center, flanked on each side by colored ring. The lettering inside the design reads "League Model." 32 inches. 7) League. The center-brand label features an oval with a star in the center. The lettering within the design reads "League Bat." Barrel crack. 34.5 inches. 8-11) Four bats with no manufacturer's stampings or labels: two ring bats (36.25 and 36 inches, respectively, with the larger example having a handle crack); a bat with a four-inch green-painted stripe in the center (36 inches); and very thin bat with a number of barrel cracks (32.5 inches). Total: 11 store-model bats. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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